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June 23, 2015 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
TONY FULWOOD had tears in his eyes when he walked into Frank Rizzo's hospital room and saw the mayor in the bed with a broken leg. Tony felt responsible for the injury, even though it was an accident and even though he was doing his job of protecting the mayor when an explosion rocked the Arco refinery in a nine-alarm fire in 1976, and he fell on Rizzo to protect him from the blast. "I hope you're not upset with me," Tony blubbered. "I wish I was in that bed instead of you. " "You know, Tony," Rizzo said.
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January 13, 2015 | By Chris Mondics, Inquirer Staff Writer
He was almost home free. On his 23d birthday in 1967, Marine Lt. Ron Castille was leading a platoon on a search-and-destroy mission in Duc Pho, South Vietnam, when he was hit in the leg by a Viet Cong machine-gun round and evacuated from the fight. For a moment, it seemed he was on his way to the safety of the rear. But just as the Marine helicopter bearing Castille was clearing the battle zone, a burst of enemy fire raked the thin metal skin of its fuselage, tearing another and much more serious wound in his leg. Military surgeons said they had no choice but to amputate.
NEWS
August 6, 1990 | By S. A. Paolantonio, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ron Castille - on the beach, on the spot. Even in this upscale Cape May County community, when the Philadelphia district attorney goes sunbathing on the sand, or out to dinner with his wife, Judy, the questions are inevitable: What will Ron Castille do? When will he make up his mind whether to seek the 1991 Republican nomination to succeed Wilson Goode? Yesterday, with a hefty wind beating in from the Atlantic Ocean, Castille was greeted by two Camden County mayors, Democrat Jack Tarditi of Haddonfield and Republican Jack Morrissey of Merchantville.
NEWS
March 29, 1991 | by Cynthia Burton, Daily News Staff Writer
The late Sen. Joseph McCarthy's drinking problem may have led to the Communist witch hunts of the 1950s, an attorney for Frank Rizzo said yesterday. So if Ron Castille has a drinking problem, it's important to bring it out for the voters, argued James Baumbach, who represented the former mayor yesterday before the Fellowship Commission's Fair Election Campaign Practices Committee. Castille filed a complaint with the commission earlier this week, saying Rizzo had violated the commission's voluntary code, which asks candidates not to "demean or diminish an individual.
NEWS
June 10, 1991
It's strange to hear a Republican insider blasting third-place primary finisher Sam Katz as "the guy who gave us Frank Rizzo" just because he took votes from Ron Castille. Not for one minute do we buy the idea that Mr. Katz, who did the stand-up thing and endorsed Mr. Rizzo last week, was a spoiler. But even if it were true, he'd be in good company in Republican circles: The last guy who gave us Frank Rizzo was none other than GOP boss Billy Meehan. Backed the Bambino whole-hog in the '87 mayoral race, did Mr. Meehan.
NEWS
May 3, 1991 | by Dave Davies, Daily News Staff Writer
Republican mayoral candidate Sam Katz returns to TV today with a commercial that for the first time directly attacks GOP front-runner Ronald D. Castille. Katz has produced two new 30-second commercials showcasing his endorsement by the Daily News and the Inquirer. One of the ads begins by asking the question, "Does Ron Castille really want to be mayor?" While an announcer notes that "Castille chose to remain district attorney until the very last hour of the very last day," a still picture of Castille is encircled in red with a bold diagonal stripe through the center, in the style of the universal "no smoking" message.
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March 6, 1989 | BY JUDITH CASTILLE
Perhaps Ward Leader Ella Dunn knows something about my husband that I do not. I have been married to Ron Castille for seven years. Up to this point, I have not publicly voiced my opinion on anything said or written about Ron with regard to political gossip or to his position as district attorney. this time, however - due to Ms. Dunn's insensitive and scurrilous remarks about my husband - I must speak out. At a press conference for Democratic DA candidate Wendella Fox, Ms. Dunn said Ron Castille takes his leg off to garner public pity.
NEWS
January 17, 1988 | By Tom Fox, Inquirer Editorial Board
I have mixed feelings about the big brouhaha between Jimmy Tayoun and Ron Castille. They got a lot of ink and television coverage out of poor taste and raw politics, and it didn't do either of them any good. That's the way it goes when a couple of ambitious pols go for one another's head. One charge leads to another and first thing you know they've rubbed one another raw and, wham, one of them lets it all hang out, and a lot of damage is done. I really can't believe what Jimmy Tayoun said about Ron Castille's loss of a leg in Vietnam.
NEWS
May 4, 1988 | By JOSEPH GRACE, Daily News Staff Writer Staff writer Jeffrey Taylor contributed to this report
For the second time in two years, Mayor Goode yesterday was heavily criticized for his role in the 1985 MOVE debacle, but political observers predicted he would again weather the firestorm. "Mayor Goode is politically bulletproof," George Parry, a former federal prosecutor, said after the release of a grand jury report sharply criticizing Goode for his actions during the confrontation. Meanwhile, Democratic politicians lashed out at Republican District Attorney Ronald D. Castille for running a grand jury that probed MOVE for 18 months and then produced a report that contained no indictments and criticisms similar to those contained in a 1986 report on the siege.
NEWS
February 14, 1991 | By Dave Davies, Daily News Staff Writer
When Sam Katz told Republican Party leaders yesterday he intends to stay in the mayor's race and take on Ron Castille and Frank Rizzo, most called it a self-destructive impulse rooted in personal hurt and anger. "I don't think he'll do it," said Councilman Brian O'Neill. "As he sifts through this, I'm sure that Sam will do the right thing and support Castille. " "If he stays in, he'll get creamed," said Councilman Thacher Longstreth. Maybe. But there's a date circled on Sam Katz's election calendar that others are barely aware of - April 16. That's the day the city must repay the temporary loans it has taken out for operating cash and, Katz figures, the day that financial disaster returns to the front pages.
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June 23, 2015 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
TONY FULWOOD had tears in his eyes when he walked into Frank Rizzo's hospital room and saw the mayor in the bed with a broken leg. Tony felt responsible for the injury, even though it was an accident and even though he was doing his job of protecting the mayor when an explosion rocked the Arco refinery in a nine-alarm fire in 1976, and he fell on Rizzo to protect him from the blast. "I hope you're not upset with me," Tony blubbered. "I wish I was in that bed instead of you. " "You know, Tony," Rizzo said.
NEWS
April 2, 2015
WELL, WELL, WELL. Talk about a race that could take up space. Gone-but-not-forgotten Ron Castille says he just might run for state Attorney General against embattled Democrat Kathleen Kane. This is not an April Fools' Day joke. (Though knowing Castille, it could be.) He recently told the Associated Press he's considering a run. Yesterday he told me, "Yeah, that's one option I'm looking at. " Can you imagine? Phrases such as "the lamb and the lion," "the judged and the judge," "beauty and the beast" all spring to mind.
NEWS
February 24, 2015
HOLLYWOOD'S HAD its Oscars. Time for Pennsylvania's Pennies. Not the coins, the annual awards named for the founder. And the winners are: *  BEST PICTURE: "The Kane Mutiny" The scintillating saga of a woman under sail to political glory before her course is drastically altered by a sting case, Jerry Sandusky, Dick Sprague, porn, possible criminal charges, talk of impeachment and leaks threatening to sink her ship. This Pennie winner easily beat out "Boyhood," the tender tale told over time of a young Rob McCord growing up poor without any meat, which drives him to a life of crime in search of his political chops.
NEWS
January 13, 2015 | By Chris Mondics, Inquirer Staff Writer
He was almost home free. On his 23d birthday in 1967, Marine Lt. Ron Castille was leading a platoon on a search-and-destroy mission in Duc Pho, South Vietnam, when he was hit in the leg by a Viet Cong machine-gun round and evacuated from the fight. For a moment, it seemed he was on his way to the safety of the rear. But just as the Marine helicopter bearing Castille was clearing the battle zone, a burst of enemy fire raked the thin metal skin of its fuselage, tearing another and much more serious wound in his leg. Military surgeons said they had no choice but to amputate.
NEWS
October 1, 2014 | BY CHRIS BRENNAN, Daily News Staff Writer brennac@phillynews.com, 215-854-5973
RON CASTILLE, the chief justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, says any judges snared in the pornographic-email scandal unfolding in Harrisburg at the state Attorney General's Office will "have to pay the piper. " Castille, speaking yesterday on a conference call with reporters, said he has asked Attorney General Kathleen Kane - in a letter Thursday followed by a telephone call - for the names of any judges who sent or received the hard-core pornography. Castille also wants copies of the emails.
NEWS
November 2, 2013
Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille hasn't had the luxury of ignoring the state's most troubled courts. He presides over one of them. In the past year alone, one of the high court's recently deposed justices, Joan Orie Melvin, was sentenced to house arrest for misusing state staff. A sitting justice, Seamus P. McCaffery, is under federal scrutiny related to referral fees paid to his wife, who is also a lawyer and his top aide. McCaffery denies any wrongdoing and has been engaged in more or less open hostilities with Castille over the fees and other issues.
NEWS
November 27, 2010
Castille is part of downward spiral We've reached a new low in this country when Ron Castille, the chief justice of the state Supreme Court, sees no problem with accepting gifts from attorneys who argue cases before his court ("Castille is accepting of litigants' gifts, trips," Sunday). This attitude further shows that this country is in a downward spiral. Castille seems to imply that the onus for recusing himself for conflicts of interest resides on the parties arguing cases before him. He must have missed the day they taught avoiding the appearance of impropriety in law school.
NEWS
November 22, 2010
WE ARE getting raked over the coals by Chief Justice Ron Castille. Why? He decided to give 19,000 fugitives an early Christmas present. I'm glad Castille is so worried about the court backlog that he decided why put that pressure on the criminals? - let them go and commit new crimes. What a standup guy. As a retired Philadelphia police officer, I know that the law-abiding citizens of Pennsylvania don't want their chief justice to act like a high school principal. The criminals committed a crime and refused to show up in court.
NEWS
November 21, 2010 | By Mark Fazlollah and Joseph Tanfani, Inquirer Staff Writers
Last December, Pennsylvania Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille mingled with the state's other power players at the Waldorf Astoria during the meeting of the Pennsylvania Society. The annual New York pilgrimage of schmoozing and socializing is usually an expensive weekend - but not for Castille. The Philadelphia law firm Saul Ewing L.L.C., which regularly argues cases before the Supreme Court, picked up the $1,900 tab for the hotel room and dinners for Castille and his wife, just as it had done the previous two years.
NEWS
May 31, 2010 | By Edward Colimore INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Ron Castille will never forget his 23d birthday. "It changed my life," he said. On that hot March 16 in 1967, Marine Lt. Castille was dodging automatic gunfire in a dried-up rice paddy at Duc Pho, South Vietnam, when he was shot in the thigh and unable to move. Just as his chances of survival seemed most hopeless and bullets kicked up the ground around him, Castille heard a voice: "I'm coming, lieutenant, I'm coming. " Cpl. Angel Mendez, 20, crossed the open paddy, carried Castille - though shot in the shoulder - and was hoisting the officer over an earthen embankment to safety when he was mortally wounded.
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